Typically, we share recommendations for the best products, period — it doesn’t matter when they came out as long as they are exceptionally useful, beautiful, surprising, or otherwise worth recommending. This year we have gone in a different direction, focusing almost entirely on the world of the new. Here, you’ll find a wide assortment of recently released things for every person on your list, from mood music for a plant owner (a rerelease of a 1976 record that apparently helps monsteras and ZZ’s grow) to a big-dog-specific tote for a pit-bull parent. Plus, of course, hundreds of other ideas, from a vase that grows an avocado (seen above, $45 from ilexstudio.com) to a handful eerily realistic ceramic peanuts to a Lucite cat bed that could easily double as a side table. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.
Zooey Deschanel’s Butter Lettuce
Downtown Cowboy Hat
Appropriate for a rodeo in Mesquite or a shopping day in Chinatown.
Obscure Art Book
It documents German-born artist Felix Burrichter’s exhibition at the Swiss Institute, and, to be honest, we really liked the cover.
He looks about ready to flex on the corner of Mercer and Howard.
Start-up Stomach Relievers
Mood Music for Succulents
The bottle comes with a little easy-grip koozie.
Trompe L’Oeil Cat Toy
An unlikely but charming collaboration between SpongeBob and Igloo.
CBD Lip Balm
The first non-soap, non-candle offering from Maine-based Wary Meyers.
Like a Japanese forest in a bag.
Coveted Kids’ Toy
Recycled-Plastic Cutting Board
Sold out three days after it launched in July, it’s now back in stock.
Milky Face Wash
The color, according to Judi Rosen, is “Laura Ashley threw up.”
Chengdu Chili Sauce
Newly available in the U.S.; “its fragrancy lingers,” according to Grub Street.
Display-Worthy Toilet Paper
Cacao from the Dominican Republic, processed into sticks in Red Hook.
It looks straight out of a Delia’s catalogue.
The New Black Vanguard